Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis
We are baptized into Christ's death
and raised from the dead to God with Him.
His Holy Spirit is given to us,
and a life that has overcome death.
(German Hymn Book: Gottes Lob No. 329)
In the Octave of Easter 2020, God called our dear Sister M. Walburg home to His eternal peace in St. Heriburg-Haus.
Sister M. Walburg was born on March 11, 1931 in Straelen, Geldern district, and joined our Congregation on February 8, 1958. She made her first profession of vows on October 28, 1960.
In accordance with the apostolate of our Congregation, Sister M. Walburg learned the profession of a nurse. After completing her training, she served initially as a nurse and head nurse in various hospitals such as Ahlen, Nottuln, Recke and Stadtlohn.
In the summer of 1981 Sister M. Walburg moved to Ibbenbüren-Püsselbüren at the St. Hedwig house and worked there for almost 32 years in geriatric care. Sister M. Walburg enjoyed great trust among the residents, their relatives and the staff and she was whole-heartedly devoted to all of them. She gave a lot of love to the residents entrusted to her and she gladly carried all concerns to God in prayer.
At the end of 2012 Sister M. Walburg moved to St. Josefshaus, Seppenrade. As far as her strength allowed, she assumed small duties in the household sector. Believing, trusting and with determination, she walked the path of a disciple of Christ in Franciscan simplicity.
Sister M. Walburg had been living in the St. Heriburg house in Muenster for about three years.
In the past few weeks, her strength was weakening more and more, so that she was increasingly dependent on help and care. Thankful for the care given to her, she patiently accepted the last phase of life and waited trustingly for the coming of the Lord. Christ the Risen One brought her home to the Eternal Father's House early in the morning, April 16, 2020.
We believe that Sister M. Walburg now share in Christ's glory. We say goodbye to her with love and gratitude and recommend her in prayer to the presence and goodness of God. Due to the current situation, the Eucharist will take place on Monday, April 20, 2020, only in the narrowest circle in the chapel of the St. Heriburg House. Following the Mass, the burial for Sister M. Walburg will be in the Sisters cemetery. May she rest in peace.